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THIRTY -THIRD ANNUAL MEETING
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POPE'S CHAPEL, GRANVILLE CO., N. C.
October 6 4 7, 8 & 9, 1858.
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SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN BOOK CONCERN.
W. B. WELLONS, General Agent.
THIRTY -THIRD ANNUAL MEETING
fUdji Carolina anb Virginia
POPE'S CHAPEL, GRANVILLE CO., N. C.
October 6, 7, 8 & 9, 1858.
WITH AN APPENDIX.
TO WHICH IS ADDED
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SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN BOOK CONCERN.
W. B. "WELLONS, General Agent.
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The "North Carolina and Virginia Christian Confer-
ence " met, pursuant to adjournment, at Pope's Chapel, Gran-
ville county, N. C, Oct. 6th, 1858, and was called to order by A.
G. Anderson, when, on motion. Elder B. N. Hopkins was called
to the Chair. •
On motion, Elders Thomas J. Fowler, Solomon Apple, Wm.
N. Bragg, and Bros. C. H. Winfree and Stephen H. Turner were
appointed a Committee to recommend officers for this Conference.
After retiring a short time they reported : For President, Elder
B. N. Hopkins ; for Vice-President, Elder S. Apple, and for As-
sistant Secretary, John Faucett. Report adopted.
On motion —
Resolved, That the following brethren, Elders Wm. B. Wellons,
Wm. H. Doherty and Chastien Allen, and Bro. Jno. N. Manning,
be invited to take seats with this body during its present session.
On motion —
Ordered, That Elder J. McCullocb deliver the annual address
on to-morrow, at the opening of Conference.
The list of Elders and Churches being called, the following mem-
bers appeared and took seats in Conference :
Elders Present— J. I. Hobby, R. G. Tinnen, W. N. Bragg, A.
Apple, S. Apple, J. McCulloch, T. J. Fowler, J. W. Wellons,
A. Iseley, G. G. Walker, A. Franks, H. B. Hayes and B. N. Hop-
Licentiates Present — L. C. Madison, A. G. Anderson and D.
Delegates Present — Henry Apple, R. Maynard, L. L. Lambeth,
J. McKeel, M. McCauley, J. W. Pritchard, J. 0. Cogwell, C. E.
Askew, John Pierce, H. Hazwell, J. Bland, W. Bland, W. Gun-
ter, T. Lynch, S. H. Turner, L. Mabry, J. J. Jenkins, S. Barbee,
M. Murchison, A. Way, J. A. Turrentine, W. Winston, W. Pierce,
C. Sandling, A. S. Boyd, John Faucett, E. F. Watson, B. Hazell,
B. McCray, H. Graham, C. H. Winfree, C. Ledbetter, J. N. Fer-
rell, Nasa Boon, J. Wharton, W. Goodwin, W. A. Love, J. M.
Gtmter, B. J. Blackly, T. Winston, M. Brown, D. Thomas, A.
Austin, D. Fuquay, K. Burroughs, P. Tuck, M. McWilliams, P.
The following Churches were represented : Apple's Chapel,
Bethlehem, Damascus, Fuller's, Good Hope, Hank's Chapel, Mt.
Zion, Mount Auburn, O'Kelly's, Pleasant Hill, Pope's Chapel,
Pleasant Grove, Providence, Union, Alamance, N. C, Union, Hal-
ifax, Ya., Zion, Bethel, Pleasant Grove, Shallow Well, Oak, Level
Moore, Union, Wake Chapel.
Unrepresented Churches. — Brown's Chapel, Concord, Christian,
Union, Mount Bethel, Park's X Roads, Pleasant Ridge, Shallow
Ford, Shady Grove, Shilo, Zion Hill, Antioch, Christian Chapel,
Pleasant Springs, Acorn Eidge, Holt's Factory, Reece's Yests,
Wilmington, Liberty Grove, Sharon, Lebanon, Salem, Pleasant
Hill, in Johnson county.
On motion, a letter from Midway Church, Granville county,
N. C, was received and read, asking permission to unite with the
Conference. On motion, said church was received.
On motion, Wm. N. Bragg, M. C. Winston and S. H. Turner
were appointed a Committee on Religious Exercises during the
session of Conference.
On motion of A. Apple —
Resolved, That Elder Chastien Allen, of the Methodist Protest-
ant Church, be received as a member of this Conference.
On motion, Conference adjourned to 8 o'clock to-morrow morn-
Prayer by A. G. Anderson.
Thursday, 8 o'clock, A. M.
Conference met pursuant to adjournment. Singing and prayer
by Elder R. G. Tinnen. The President announced the following
On Ordination — Elders A. Isely, T. J. Fowler, R. G. Tinnen,
A. Apple, J. W. Wellons and W. H. Doherty.
On the Standing of the Ministry — S. H. Turner, C. H. Winfree,
T. Lynch and Nasa Boon.
On Temperance — Elders Chastien Allen, M. Murchison and B.
. On Sunday Schools— Elders J. I, Hobby, J. A. Turrentine and
L. L. Lambeth.
On Education — Elders Wm. H. Doherty, A. G. Anderson and
Dr. H. Graham.
On the Itinerancy — Bennett Hazell, L. L. Lambeth, J. \V.
Pritchard, John Pierce, Thos. Lynch, J. J. Jenkins, W. Winston,
J. N. Ferrell, W. Goodwin, B. J. Blackly, A. Austin, R. May-
nard, C. H. Winfree, J. 0. Cogwell, Wm. Gunter, S. H. Turner,
A. Way, A. S. Boyd, Nasa Boon, J. M. Gnnter, M. Brown, J. A.
Turrentiue and Eobert Burroughs.
The hour having arrived for the delivery of the annual address,
Elder J. McCulloch proceeded to deliver the address to a large
Dear Brethren, Sisters and Friends :
In obedience to an appointment of the last Conference, it now be-
comes my duty to give to Conference information of the state of the
Church, and recommend to their consideration such measures as I judge
to be necessary.
But first and above all, our thanks are due to u good and benevolent
God, for the numerous benefits which he has bestowed upon his peo-
ple, and our united prayers ought to ascend to him that he may con-
tinue to bless his Church and the world.
Since the adjournment of last Conference, our people have enjoyed
an unusual degree of health. But, notwithstanding the portion of
health that we have enjoyed, death has made a breach in the min-
isterial ranks, and has taken from among us one of earth's best men.
Rev. S. G. Evans, whose name I cannot pass lightly, has gone from
labor to his reward in heaven. He was truly an exemplary Chris-
tian — an humble, noble-hearted man — and was one of the self-sacri-
ficing ministers who have worn themselves out in the service of their
Master. How different must be his condition around his Father's
throne in heaven, from those ministers who are wearing themselves out
after the god of this world.
1 purpose bringing up the business matter of Conference for your
consideration in a tangible form ; and I would say here, my brethren,
and especially to the clergy, that a church like ours ought to be very
careful about transacting the business of the church. We have no hu-
man creed, and hence the idea has gone out into the world that we have
no system or way of doing the business of the church, forgetting that
we have the Bible, and if it is what it claims for itself, and all should
be willing to give to it, we have all that is necessary.
2 Tim. 3 : 16, 1*7 : All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruc-
tion in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly
furnished unto all good works.
If a man is thoroughly furnished in doctrine, reproof, correction
and in instruction unto all good works, is there any thing incomplete?
But this is not the point to which I am hastening. I wish to see
the business of this Conference done in a business, Christian-like man-
ner. The committees should bring up able reports, — show their own
people what they are for, and why they are for it. Let me here allude
to an evil in our Conference. It is this : Our committees pass through
Conference, and come up with an assertion or two and a resolve, with-
out explaining the subject at all. Hence, the world is left to conjec-
ture whatever it may be disposed ; and we, by way of an apology,
will say through the organ of the church, that we were so pressed for
time, that we could not do as we wished, owing to that fact. Now,
an enlightened public will not receive this. Let all labor to present
an able report, for you have the ability, and show to the world what
you are for and why you are for it. I would suggest the appointment
of some committees that we have not heretofore appointed in our Con-
1. On Book Concern.
2. On Periodicals.
3. On Memoirs.
4. On the Bible Cause.
5. On the Tract Cause.
6. On Necessitous Cases.
7. On Finance.
The first committee is one of importance, and in connection with
the book concern, as we are, it ought not any longer to be neglected.
This subject is worthy of your most thorough investigation. Here
plans are to be devised for future success. The second is like every-
thing else connected with the church. Here we take into considera-
tion the labors of our Editor, and while he is actively engaged in his
labor of love, show him that we are not forgetful of his untiring zeal ;
that we do feel a deep interest in his happiness, and the advancement
of our paper under his editorial care. Here we can investigate the
plan of publication, and if we deem best, recommend changes or such
measures as we think will conduce to the good of our periodical. The
publishing interest of the church should be well looked to. It has
been said by a great man that the Press is the mighty lever by which
the moral influence of the world is propelled.
A want of a committee of this kind has deprived us, as a denom-
ination, of a large amount of information which would have been of
great service to the Christian Church. We see and feel this evil,
and let us provide better for the future.
We hope that the Committee on Education will take a proper view
of this all-absorbing subject. That the wants of our people require
that we should act differently in this matter must be apparent to all.
They must and will educate their sons and daughters, and we must
make arrangements to meet their wants and keep up with the advance-
ment of the age. We would say here that your committee on educa-
tion would do well to give you a detailed account of the present pros-
pects of Graham Institute. We point you to this Institute, where the
Trustees have made arrangements for the education of your sons,
daughters and wards. We urge it upon you to patronize this your
own institution. Every inducement will be held out by the Trustsee
to make this school worthy of your highest expectation. The time
has come when it is expected for us to act our part in the great edu-
cational enterprises of the day.
A COMMITTE ON THE BIBLE CAUSE.
All the denominations of the day are doing something for this grand
enterprise. We. too, have done something, but have not paid that
attention to it which its merits demand and our position requires. It
is more incumbent upon us than any other branch of the Church of
Christ, to push forward an exterprise of this kind, for the simple rea-
son that we are the only denomination known in ecclesiastical history
that has said that the Bible is the only discipline that the church
needs. Then, if we believe what we say, should we not lend a help-
ing hand to the Bible cause, and help to push it on, or are we to re-
main dormant on a subject of such magnitude ? Surely not.
A COMMITTEE ON PASTORAL ADDRESSES.
This is a subject that has employed some of the greatest minds for
ages. The great Apostle to the Gentiles thought it very important.
We find by his letters to young men in the ministry something of this
kind. It has certainly suggested itself to most of you. You see at
once the importance of giving a young man all the help you can.
This is sanctioned both by the Prophets and Apostles.
A COMMITTEE ON THE TRACT CAUSE.
As the Southern Convention have seen fit in their wisdom to estab-
lish a book concern, we would recommend the Conference to appoint
a committee to make arrangements for the publication of Tracts. We
consider the dissemination of religious knowledge by means of tracts
as a powerful auxiliary to ministerial efficiency. Tracts containing
sound pointed religious truth, open the way of the preached word to
many a heart which otherwise would be closed against the most per-
This, my brethren, is a subject that has been hitherto overlooked by
us as a denomination. Notwithstanding its vital importance, we will
show the evil that has and will grow out of negligence of this kind.
When God calls a young man of the Christian Church to preach the
Gospel, and he obeys that call while he is young and has no family to
care for, he can get on with a small salary ; but when he has the wants
of a family to provide for, he looks back and sees how other men who
have sacrificed every thing for the church, have left their families of-
ten in want. And it is natural for him to suppose that if he does not
make arrangements for the future wants of his own, they will not be
provided for. Hence he is put to the painful necessity of engaging in
some worldly employment to live and meet the wants of his household
as God requires, and without which he cannot be a consistent chris-
tian. Is there no remedy for this evil in the church ? We answer in
the affirmative. It is this : We can go to work and create a church ^-
fund that is to be applied exclusively to worn-out ministers, their
widows and orphans. You may think that I want too much, but
some denominations do this, and are you less able or less willing ?
Let us not be so contracted in our views as to refuse a good thing that
has been embraced by others. Hence there are good plans in which
all denominations may harmonize. We see the effects of this in the
Methodist Episcopal Church. See, when they start a young man out
to preach the Gospel of Christ, he goes to work to promote the inter-
est of their church and the cause of God. Why does he do this ? One
reason is, he knows that, in proportion to the advancement of the church
by his labors, in the same proportion he promotes the cause of his
support. We will now see its working. Their ministers are ready
at any time to take their families and go any where. All they ask is
enough to live. Why is this ? They know if they wear themselves
down, their wants will be supplied. If they die, the church has pro-
vided for their families. The question is asked, have we not a church
fund of this kind, and why it is that it has not been held up before our
people ? Where does the fault lie ? I turn to you, my clerical brethren,
and ask if you have presented the subject before your respective
churches with the earnestness that the case demands ? I regret to say
that you have been unfaithful stewards. Again, who is expected to at-
tend to these matters ? The ministers, of course. It is expected for
them to go forward in every thing connected with the church. It is not
worth while, however, to say more on this subject until we have men
who will do what they know duty calls for. But put this thing to
work and attend to it, you will see the number of your ministry in-
creasing year after year. This committee ought, by all means, to be
one that would give this subject the most thorough investigation! It
has claims alike upon all. This is a call for something that God has
blessed us with to assist those who are really objects of Christian be-
nevolence. Who is more so than that old veteran of the cross who is
going down the steep of time, full of years and careworn — the widows
and orphans — those characters of whom there is so much said in the
Book of God ? That it is the duty of the church to make their con-
dition as comfortable as is practicable, must be obvious to all. God
requires it ; humanity calls for it, and the religion of Christ will cause
the church to respond to a call of this kind when presented pro-
perly. >w flM^ IMKBfr* ft*l;ff •"'^•iiS S S'ri
A word here in the conclusion of these remarks upon the support
of the ministry. The support of your ministers has been neglected to
the injury of the church. This has always been the case when a de-
nomination failed to do their duty in this respect The Waldenses
in the 12 th century considered it a disgrace when it was said of them
that their ministers- had to labor for a support. This was in the 12th
century, what is known to be the dark age of the world. And if it
brought the church into disrepute at that time, is it unreasonable to
say that it has injured it in this age of advancement. God just as
much intended, when he instituted a living ministry, that they should
live by preaching as that the farmer should live by cultivating the
A COMMITTEE ON HOME MISSIONS.
That there should be a change in our method of managing this
matter, is clear to my mind. We would recommend the Conference
to appoint a committee, and that that committee look out a field of
labor and select some minister and recommend him to the Missionary
Society. If this matter is attended to in this way, we can go to work
in the way of missions at once ; but let it be overlooked year after
year, and it will militate very much against our missionary efforts.
We would suggest further that the Treasurer of the Home Missionary
Society shall give you a detailed account of the financial condition of
the church, so far as it concerns missions.
At the beginning of the Conference year, October 24, 185*7, there
was in the hands of the Treasurer, $371.90. The influx into the
Treasury up to October 5, 1858, is $4*79.15, after paying a debt of *79
dollars and *75 cents, with interest for two years, leaving a balance in
the Treasury of $388.12. You now have men and means before you.
A word in the conclusion of these remarks. There are other com-
mittees that we would do well to appoint, but I have already con-
sumed more time on this subject than I intended. I hope that the
Conference will give these subjects the attention that they should have.
In conclusion, I will say a few words concerning the church and its
principles, then I am done. In doing this, it will not be my object
to vilify or show that others are wrong, but it will be to show that
we are right in taking the Word of God as our book of discipline.
When James O'Kelly left the M. E. Church and took the Bible as his
book of faith and practice, we cannot now properly appreciate this grand
step made by him in the religious world. The principles espoused at
that time by this man of God cannot be objected to only by the as-
pirant for his own church dogma. But the ball is in motion, and we
pray God that he may continue it until all men take the Bible and
appreciate it as they ought. What is the Bible ? It is the Book that
was written under God's immediate instruction. It is the great spir-
itual light of the world. As the sun enables us to behold objects liter-
ally, and as we are enabled to distinguish by the light of the sun and
make our way from place to place, so by this book we can discover
good from evil. The liberal principles of the Christian Church, taking
the Bible as they do, and being willing to meet all denominations upon
this broad Heaven-originated platform as the only infallible rule of faith
and practice, and that it is the only sure guide, is admitted by every
orthodox denomination of the present age. It is having a mighty in-
fluence over the minds of the intelligent and thinking part of men.
See, in 1*793, when our fathers left the mother church, we were few
in number. Under the blessing of God we now number thousands.
He is blessing us with men of the first order of talents. That Divine
Revelation is nowhere to be found or expected but in the Scriptures
of the New and Old Testaments, and there it is. It is true there was
religion and Divine Revelation before there was any written word,
but to argue from thence that the Scriptures are not now all that is
necessary for the church, is as absurd as it would be to argue that the
world might do well enough without the sun ; because, in the creation,
the world had light three days before the sun was made. That all
Scripture is given by inspiration of God, 2d Tim. 3 : 16, and who
dare pretend to describe that inspiration, or tell us what we shall or
shall not believe. Thou shalt speak with my words, saith the Prophet,
Ez. 3 : 4. That the Holy Scriptures were not only designed for our
learning but are the settled standing rule of our faith and practice,
by which we must be governed now and judged shortly. It is not
only a book of general use to us, but it is of sovereign and command-
ing authority ; the statute, too, of God's kingdom, which our oath of
allegiance to him as our supreme Lord, binds us to the observance of.
Whether we will hear, or whether we will forbear, we must be told
that this is the oracle we are to consult, and to be determined by ; the
touchstone we are to appeal to, and try doctrine by ; the rule we are to
have an eye to, by which we must in every thing order our affections
and conversation, and from which we must always take our meas-
ures. This is the testimony — this is the law which is bound up and
sealed in the counsels of Deity, the word according to which if we do
not speak, it is because there is no light in us. The making of a light
within our rule, which by nature is darkness, and by grace is but a
copy of and conformable to the written word, is setting the judge
above the law and making the traditions of the church with the Scrip-
tures, is no better. It is making the clock which every one concerned
puts backward or forward at pleasure, to correct the sun, that faith-
ful measurer of time and days.
There are absurdities which, being once granted, thousands follow
as we see by sad experience. And here I might adopt, almost verba-
tim the language and sentiments of the venerable translators of our
present version, and say, — What scriptural piety can there be without
saving truth — what saving truth without the word of God ; and
what word of God have we whereof we may be certain without the
Holy Scriptures ? The Scriptures can make us wise to salvation ; if
ignorant, they will instruct us ; if out of order, they will reform us ;
if in sorrow or affliction, they will comfort and console us ; if dull
and careless, they will arouse and quicken us ; and if cold, they are the
fuel which increases the spiritual fire in our hearts to make them burn
by the way. One ancient Father says, — "Whatsoever is in the
Scriptures, believe me, is high and divine. There is variety, truth
and a doctrine most fit for the refreshing and renewing of men's
minds, and truly so tempered that every one may draw thence what
is sufficient for him if he come to draw with a devout and pious
mind as the Scripture requireth." Another renowned Father says —
"Love the Scriptures, and wisdom will love thee." Another ven-
erable name, in writing against Julian, boldly asserts to the Imperial
Apostate that even boys, bred up in the Scriptures become most re-
ligious. The ancients spoke much of the Philosopher's Stone, the
touch of which turned baser metals into gold ; but the word of God
is better than thousands of gold and silver ; it is better than rubies,
and all things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
They wrote of their Cornucopia, which contained in it all things
necessary for food, but the Bible is an exhaustless store-house of the
choice aliment for the immortal mind of man. They praise their herb
called Panacea, because good for all diseases, but the Holy Scriptures
are not only an herb but a tree — yea, a paradise of trees of life yield-
ing fruit every month for meat, and leaves medicine sufficient for the
healing of all nations. They lauded their drug called Catholicon,
because they held it superior to all other remedies ; but the word of
God is the true Catholicon which not only cures but prevents the re-
turn of all diseases of the soul. And they sung in triumph of Vul-
can's armor as proof against every enemy and every weapon; but
the Bible discovers the whole armor of God, replete with weapons
both offensive and defensive, by which we may put the enemy to
flight and save our souls.
The Holy Scriptures are not merely a well but a river of the water
of life, not only ankle deep for new learners to dabble in, but deep
enough and wide enough for the most profound theologians to swim
in without ever touching bottom or shore. They are a bed of the
goodliest pearls, and the deeper we dive into the sea of divine revela-
tion the larger, more beautiful and more costly they are. They are a
mine of the purest gold and the most soul enriching treasure, but the
command of the owner of the field where this treasure lies hidden is,
Search the Scriptures, (not human creeds,) and this we must do, as
miners do for gold, if we mean to be rich in faith and heirs of the
kingdom of God. The book of God is a casket of the rarest and rich-
est gems which bespangle the soul of the wearer, rendering it most
brilliant in the eyes of Christ — even like a bride adorned with her
One ancient Father compares the Bible to an apothecary's shop
filled with all manner of preservatives against poisoned heresies,
and a pandect of most profitable laws against rebelling spirits. In a
word, as the song of Solomon is the song of songs, and as the Lord
Jesus is the King of kings, so the Bible is the Book of books.
The Bible has revealed the sublime system of Christianity to man ;
it has organized every Christian congregation : educated and inducted
to office every Christian minister. This wonderful book has the larg-
est circulation, and is read in more languages than any single book in
the universe. It has exercised the greatest talents of the greatest men
the great God ever made. It has soared infinitely above the loftiest
intellect of the most far-reaching and discriminating metaphysician.
It has proved a master-piece to the eagle-eyed astronomer — to the pro-
foundest geometrician. It has proved to the whole learned Christian
world that the indispensable science of mechanics is the geometry of
motion. It gave the renowned Boerhaave his celebrity as a physician ;
constituted Sydenham the father of modern Medicine, and its light
discovered to the celebrated Harvey the circulation of the blood.
The Bible gave to Sir Isaac Newton the title of the link between
angels and men, and compelled the German philosophers to proclaim
him to the world the most profound and perfect geometrician ever
known. It illuminated the fame of George Washington with such a
constellation of shining virtues so attractively blended as to force his
transatlantic reviewers to pronounce him the purest of patriots, the
ablest of generals, and the modest violet blooming in the wilderness.
Its heaven-descended doctrines overthrew Voltaire, the great enemy
of Christ, and all the infidels of that infidel age and of every age
since the Bible was revealed to our world : and its ineffable and efful-
gent light brought the critical and logical John Locke to the conclu-
sion that " God is its author, Truth without mixture of error its mat-
ter, and Salvation its end." Who would want any other discipline?
The learning of the Bible is the most varied and profound — its his-
tory the most ancient and interesting — its works of art the most ex-
quisite and astonishing — its specimens of musical science the most
simple, sweet and celestial that ever vibrated on the human ear ; its
imagery the most flowing, gorgeous and diversified that ever enter-
tained created fancy ; its poetry the most elevated, holy and ecstatic,
that ever inspired the human soul. In perfection of eloquence the
Bible can have no competitor.
No uninspired orator could ever be found to compare with the
prophet Amos. The epic grandeur of Milton, and the entrancing
raptures of the immortal Homer retire behind the curtain of midnight
if compared in eloquence with that single stanza from the lips of the
inspired herdsman of Tekoah. — Am. 4 : 13. Nor can a specimen be
selected from the productions of any rhetorician or philosopher, from
the far-famed Aristotle to the elegant Dr. Blair, which in beauty and
force will compare in the smallest measure with the inspired speech
of Abigail to David.— 1 Sam. 25 : 23-31.
The convincing and enlightening power of the word of God pro-
duced the great Reformation of the 16th century. The greatest of the
reformers and he who in reference to his coadjutors in that stupen-
dous enterprise was styled Melancthon, all and in all, thus writes in
relation to the Bible :
' £ The Scripture is its own interpreter, judging and illustrating all
things. Why is this? Because its origin is from heaven. 'Tis from
heaven, not from earth ; the author is God, not man ; the inditer the
Holy Ghost, not merely the uninspired wisdom ; the form is God's
word — the matter all truth and righteousness, and the effects light,
pardon, peace, holiness and eternal life.
Resolved, That the address of Elder J. McCulloch be referred
to a committee of three to report thereon as early as practicable.
Whereupon the chair appointed E. P. Watson, A. Gr. Ander-
son, A. Tseley the said committee.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to examine
into the character and standing of any ministers who may wish
to join this Conference during its present session.
Whereupon the chair appointed Elders S. Apple, T. J. Fowler,
and A. Apple said committee.
A petition was received from the church, at Utley's school
house, praying to be received into Conference. PetifToh received
A petition from Mt. Carmel Church, Stokes county, praying to
be received into Conference, was received, read and adopted.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to report
upon the letters from the various churches of Conference, giving
a statistical account of the same ; and also the churches that have
had the benefit of pastoral preaching during the past Conference
year, with the names of the pastors.
Whereupon the chair appointed H. B. Hayes, J. I. Hobby,
P. Tuck, said committee.
On motion, Elder E. W. Beale, of the Eastern Virginia Confer-
ence, was invited to take a seat in this body during the remain-
ing part of the session.
The committee on the character and standing of any ministers
who may wish to join this Conference, submitted the following
report, which was read and adopted :
Your committee appointed to examine into the character of any min-
isters who may present themselves for membership to this Conference,
report Wm. H. Doherty, late of the Miami Christian Conference, Ohio,
presents himself, and states that he was a member of said Conference
five years. That at the last session was President of that body, and
only resigned when he left Ohio to come south.
In addition to the above, we having been referred to Elder Wm. B.
Wellons, we learn that in 1854, Elder Doherty was in good and reg-
ular standing with the church and Conference. Elder Wellons has
no hesitation in recommending him to this or any other Conference,
as a Christian minister in good standing.
SOL. APPLE, Chairman.
On motion, Elder Wm. H. Doherty was duly received as a
member of this body.
On motion, Elder Joseph B. Hinton, of Kaleigh, was also re-
ceived, and his name enrolled as a member of this Conference.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to recom-
mend a suitable course of study for young men to pursue, who
wish to engage in the ministry, and who have not had the ad-
vantage of a theological education.
Whereupon the chair appointed Elder W. H. Doherty, A. Ise-
ley and H. B. Hayes, the said committee.
On motion, the hour of 10 o'clock to-morrow is set apart for
the reception of the report of the committee on education.
The committee on Temperance submitted the following report,
which was read and adopted.
We, the committee on Temperance, beg leave to report :
Being fully aware of the delicate position we occupy, knowing that
the minds of all men are not agreed upon this subject, the prejudice
of education with individual interest has prevented some from giving
their support to the great temperance reform, while others have seen
the light and are rejoicing in it. Having examined the subject thor-
oughly, we are fully convinced that its use as a beverage is one of the
greatest evils with which our country is cursed. We regard it as one
of the greatest hindrances to the success of the gospel and the greatest
of all injuries to the church of Christ. In view of which we offer the
following resolutions :
1st. Resolved, That we, as a body of Christians, disapprobate the
manufacture, sale and use of ardent spirits as a beverage; and most
earnestly entreat our brethren every where to join with us in discoun-
tenancing its manufacture, sale and use as a beverage.
2d. Resolved, That the pastors of churches and itinerant ministers
be earnestly requested to deliver at least one discourse at each of their
appointments on this subject during the Conference year.
Respectfully submitted, CHASTIEN ALLEN.
On motion —
Resolved:, That Elders W. H. Doherty, J. McCulloch, H. B.
Hayes, B. N. Hopkins and J. W. Wellons be appointed dele-
gates to represent this Conference in the next session of the East-
ern Virginia Conference.
On motion —
Resolved, That J. J. Hobby and T. Lynch be appointed dele-
gates to represent this Conference in the next session of the Geor-
Resolved, That Solomon Apple, P. R. Hardin and John Fau-
cett be appointed a Conference Committee for the ensuing Confer-
Resolved, That we respectfully request all the churches in this
Conference to take up a collection for defraying the necessary ex-
penses of Conference, and send the amounts to each annual Con-
On motion Conference adjourned until to-morrow morning,
subject to the call of the President.
Singing and prayer by Elder A. Iseley.
Conference met pursuant to adjournment. Singing and prayer
by Elder A. Apple.
The Committee on Education submitted the following report,
which was read, and after an able address on the subject of edu-
cation and the mode of instruction adopted by the Speaker in the
Antioch College, Ohio, and more recently in the Graham Insti-
tute, N. C, the report was adopted.
The Committee on Education report that they deem it unnecessary
to recommend the general subject of education to this Conference be-
cause our people are already deeply interested and fully alive to its
paramount importance. The age and country demand a higher degree
of instruction than has hitherto been attainable among us, and the
interests of our denomination demand that provision be made for high
school and collegiate instruction within the bounds of our own church,
in order to save our children from the prevailing influence of secta-
The committee would therefore direct the attention of Conference
to the Graham Institute, which has reopened under favorable aus-
pices, and recommend that a Committee of Conference be appointed
to co-operate with the Trustees of the Graham Institute, and take
prompt and efficient measures for placing it on a permanent basis, and
rendering it an institution of learning useful to the country and cred-
itable to the Christian denomination.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
W. H. DOHERTY, Chairman.
Whereupon, on the recommendation of the committee, the chak
appointed the following committee : W. H. Doherty, E. F. Wat-
son and T. J. Fowler, to confer and co-operate with said Trustees.
The Committee on the Annual Address of Elder J. McCulloch
submitted the following report, which was read and adopted.
The committee to whom was referred the address of Elder J. Mc-
Culloch beg leave to submit the following report :
Your committee are aware of the responsible position they occupy,
having been assigned a duty heretofore unknown in the history of
our Church legislation. In the organization of our churches and
Conferences, we are differently situated from that of any other de-
nomination now in existence. We have, as has been often remarked,
no head except Christ. Hence, all our Conference legislation only re-
sults in advisory measures to the various local churches, to be adopted
or rejected by them at their pleasure, and we are sorry to say, that
subjects of the most vital importance to the success of our glorious
principles of Christian liberty are neglected both by our ministers and
churches, often to the great detriment of both. An efficient ministry
is necessary to the success of any great denominational enterprise,
and one great reason why no better success has attended our efforts
at a more perfect system of organization and plans of operation is,
that our ministers are deficient in energy in carrying out in their
fields of labor, the various plans and duties imposed upon them by the
Conference, whose servants they, to some extent, are. We, however,
hope a brighter day is about to dawn upon our church, and the day
is not far distant when we can have it to say, our cause as a denom-
ination is onward and upward, and that the hallowed principles which
distinguish us as a branch of the church militant, are sooner or later
to become the distinguishing characteristics of Protestant Christianity.
The able address which it was the pleasure of Conference to listen
to, contains much, in the opinion of your Committee, that is of inter-
est to the church, and suggestions are there made which, we think,
require acting upon by this body, and not only acting upon here, but,
which should be carried out by us when we return to our respective
homes and fields of labor, which may be assigned us by this Con-
The first subject of importance claiming the attention of your com-
mittee, is the death of Elder S. G. Evans, which has occurred since
your last annual meeting. He was one of the most humble and ex-
emplary ministers of your body, but the Great Disposer of all things
has seen proper in his wisdom and goodness to remove him hence.
At your last meeting, he was with you, though feeble, yet ready to
aid you with his advice and counsel ; but, alas ! he is no more. His
rich and clarion voice has been silenced, to be heard no more by us
until we meet him around our Father's throne, where we shall again
unite with him in singing endless praises to God and to the Lamb.
Your committee would recommend the adoption of the following
preamble and resolutions :
Whereas, in the dispensation of Divine Providence, our much es-
teemed brother, Elder S. G. Evans, has been taken from the labors of
earth to the rest of heaven, since the last meeting of this body, of
which he was a worthy and efficient member, therefore,
1st. Resolved, That while we mourn our loss, we rejoice in his
gain, and will bow with humble submission and reverence to the will
of our Father in heaven, and always pray, " Thy will be done on
earth as it is in heaven."
2d. Resolved, That this preamble and resolutions be published
with the minutes of this Conference, and that a copy of the same be
forwarded to the widow of our deceased brother, with an assurance
that we deeply sympathize with her in her great bereavement.
Your committee would further recommend the appointment of the
following committees :
1st. A Committee to devise means for the relief of worn-out minis-
ters and their widows and orphans, who may be left in a destitute
2d. A Committee on Home Missions.
3d. On Finance.
4th. On Periodicals.
5th. On Memoirs.
That much yet remains to be done by us, all must admit. There-
fore, let us all feel that we have a work to perform, and resolve to do
the work assigned us not only with a commendable zeal, but with
that alacrity and delight which should ever distinguish the true and
faithful servant of God.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
E. F. WATSON, Chairman.
In pursuance of the recommendations in the above report, the
Chair appointed the following Committees :
On Home Missions — Elders A. Iseley, Wm. N. Bragg and J .
On Periodicals — Elders A. Apple, T. J. Fowler and L. C. Mad-
On Finance — Dr. J. H. Graham, J. A. Turrentine and S. H.
On Memoirs — Elder S. Apple, H. B. Hayes and R. G. Tinnen.
The Committee on the Character and Standing of the Ministers
asked leave to report, which report was received, read and adopted.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE STANDING OF THE
We, your Committee on the Character and Standing of the Ministry,
beg leave to make the following report, viz : That we find all the
ministers in good standing, except M. Owens, whose license, as we
learn, has been taken from him by the church for reasons satisfactory
to them, and I. Cagle has been excommunicated from the church, and
J. Trolinger we find indolent and rendering no service to the church
in improving his gift.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
S. H. TURNER, Chairman.
The Committee on Ordination asked leave to report. Report
received, read and adopted :
The Committee on Ordination report that two brethren previously
licensed to preach the Gospel by this Conference, viz : A. G. Ander-
son and D. T. Deanes, were introduced to the Committee by letters
of recommendation from their respective churches — that their dili-
gence and efficiency in the ministry during the past year having been
satisfactorily proved, and their examination on matters of experimen-
tal religion and Christian doctrine being satisfactory, the committee
recommend them for ordination.
W. H. DOHERTY, Chairman.
Resolved, That D. T. Deanes be required to call on IshamCagle
and M. Owens, and demand of them the License granted them by
Resolved, That Elders T. J. Fowler, J. McCulloch, W. H. Do-
herty, and A. Apple, form a Presbytery to set apart A. G. An-
derson to the office of Elder, at Providence Church, on the third
Sabbath in this month, or at some other convenient time.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report,
which was read and adopted :
We, your Committee on Finance, beg leave to report, that we find
in the hands of the Conference Treasurer the sum of seventy-six dol-
lars and sixty cents.
J. H. GRAHAM, Ch'n.
The Committee on Sunday Schools submitted the following re-
port, which was received, read and adopted :
We, your committee on Sabbath Schools, beg leave to report that
we are pained to learn that so few Sabbath Schools are now in opera-
tion within the bounds of our Conference. That many and almost
all the churches are destitute of the untold blessing of Sabbath schools.
We do, therefore, hope that all (and especially every minister, ) will
feel and act with that intense interest the great importance demands.
And whenever and at every place where it can properly be done, will
exert their influence to organize an efficient and well-conducted Sab-
bath School. We would recommend that every minister make an
effort to establish a Sabbath School at every church in his charge,
and make a report to each Conference of the same. This is a matter
we conceive of vast importance to the Christian church, and should
have some attention from our ministers. All of which is respectfully
J. I. HOBBY, Chairman.
October 7th, 1858.
Committee on ordination report :
That they have received letters of recommendation from Christian
churches requesting license to preach for the following young men,
viz : J. N. Manning, P. W. Allen, J. N. Ferrell. That they have
heard their religious experience, and a statement of reasons for desir-
ing license from each of them. That they have examined them indi-
vidually and endeavored to ascertain their qualifications for preaching
the Gospel in a useful and efficient manner, and that they recommend
them to the Conference as proper and suitable candidates for license.
W. EL DOHERTY, Chairman.
Report read and adopted.
The committee on Missions beg leave to report :
There has nothing come before your committee upon which they
are able to report to this session of youv body ; therefore they beg
leave to have longer time. There are matters of some importance
to the church, which your committee can obtain possession of, and
will try and do so by the next meeting of your body.
S. APPLE, Chairman.
Report received and adopted.
The Committee to whom was referred the letters from the vari-
ous churches of this Conference, submitted a report, which was
read and adopted. (See Statistical Table.)
Resolved, That Elders W. H. Dohercy, S. Apple and H. B.
Hayes be appointed as a Presbytery, to attend to the ordination
of bro. D. T. Deanes to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.
The Committee on destitute ministers, their widows and orphans,
asked to be discharged.
Conference adjourned until to-morrow morning at 8 o'clock.
Singing and prayer by Elder H. B. Hayes.
Conference met pursuant to adjournment.
Singing and prayer by Elder A. G. Anderson.
Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to make
arrangements for the printing of the minutes of this Conference,
whereupon the Chair appointed Elders H. B. Hayes, J. McCul-
loch and J. W. Wellons said Committee.
The Committee on Periodicals submitted their report, which
was received, read and adopted.
Your committee on periodicals are fully aware of the importance of
the subject, and believe that the dissemination of truth and the propa-
gation of Christian principles depend very much upon the success of a
religious periodical, and being well pleased with the Christian Sun,
we recommend it to the patronage of all our brethren and friends
every where. All of which we respectfully submit.
* A . APPLE, . Chairman .
Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference be tendered the
brethren and friends of the Encampment, for their kindness and
hospitality on this occasion.
The Committee on the Itinerancy submitted the following re-
port, which was received, read and adopted.
Your Committee on the Itinerancy beg leave to report the following
arrangement of the Itinerancy :
Haw River Circuit. — Jas. W. Wellons, Itinerant, to preach at the
following places: Hank's Chapel, Bethel, Bells, Pleasant Spring,
Wake Chapel, Christian Chapel, Pleasant Hill.
Shallow Well Circuit. — Jas. I. Hobby, Itinerant, to preach at the
following places : Shallow Well, Moore, Union, Zion, Savannah,
Antioch Chapel — John N. Ferrell.
Stokes Mission, Mount Bethel, Zion Hill, Vests, Mt. Carmel — B. N.
Union, Reese's Sharon, Mt. Auburn, Midway — Alfred Apple, John
Pleasant Hill, Apple's Chapel, Union — A. Iseley.
Damascus, Mt. Zion, Liberty — G. G. Walker.
Utley's School House, Raleigh — H. B. Hayes.
Pleasant Grove, Apple's Chapel — Solomon Apple.
Agent for the Graham Institute — Josiah McCulloch.
Deep River Circuit. — D. T. Deanes, Itinerant, to preach at the fol-
lowing places : Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Ridge, Shiloh, Christian
Union, Shady Grove, Acorn Ridge, Park's X Roads, New Salem.
Tar River Circuit. — Wm. N. Bragg, Itinerant, to preach at the
following places: Pope's Chapel, Good Hope, Oak Level, Fuller's,
Dr. Jos. B. Hinton, Raleigh.
The above is imperfect, but embraces all the churches and ministers
brought to the notice of your committee.
Respectfully submitted, B. HAZEL, Chairman.
The Treasurer of Conference submitted his report, which was
TREASURER'S REPORT OF CONFERENCE FUND FOR 1858.
Amount in hand in 185*7 $73.10
1857. For printing Minutes, to Wm. B. Wellons 26.37
Balance on hand $46.73
1858. Interest for 12 months 2.80
O'Kelley's Chapel contribution 5.70
Hank's Chapel contribution 10.51
Mount Auburn contribution 9.75
T. J. Fowler, Treasurer.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference be tendered to
the officers of the same, for the faithful and efficient manner in
which they have discharged their several duties.
The Committee on publishing the minutes of Conference, sub-
mitted the following report, which was read and adopted.
We, the undersigned committee, appointed to make arrangements
for the printing of the minutes of the present session of Conference,
beg leave to report : That they deem it advisable that the Secretary
of Conference have 800 copies printed to supply the wants of the
That the Treasurer of the Conference fund be required to pay for
the printing of the same out of the funds in his hands ; and that the
preachers and other active members, when they dispose of them to
the churches or individual members, refund the several amounts they
may receive for the same to the Treasurer aforesaid. All of which is
H. B. HAYES, Chairman.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference be tendered to the
President and Directors of the Kaleigh and Gaston Railroad, and
of the North Carolina Central Railroad, for their kindness and
liberality in permitting the members of this Conference pass over
their roads for fare one way.
On motion Conference adjourned with singing and prayer, to
meet with the church at Union, Alamancs, on Wednesday before
the 2d Sabbath in October, 1859.
B. N. HOPKINS, Chairman.
E. F. Watson, Secretary.
Jno. Faucett, AssH Sec'y.
The following are the reports of the Ministers :
A. ISELEY'S REPORT.
Preached 11*7 sermons; delivered 25 funeral discourses; married
three couples, and baptized 10. Received $149.95.
B. N. HOPKINS' REPORT.
Preached to one church ; received 15 members ; organized one new
church of 33 members; baptized seven; preached three funerals.
Preached in all, 34 sermons.
J. W. WELLONS' REPORT.
Traveled on Haw River Circuit; preached 152 sermons; delivered
19 funeral discourses ; married three couples; 120 converts ou the cir-
cuit; 140 united with the church ; baptized 92 ; traveled 3,710 miles ;
WM. N. BRAGG' S REPORT.
Traveled on Tar River Circuit ; preached 140 sermons; delivered 20
exhortations; attended 22 funerals; married three couples; 56 con-
verted ; 26 united with the church; baptized 18 ; traveled 3,175 miles ;
G. G. WALKER'S REPORT..
Labored at four churches ; preached 65 sermons ; received 73 mem-
bers ; baptized 11; married six couples ; traveled about 2,500 miles ;
H. B. HAYES' REPORT.
Preached and lectured 50 times; organized one church of 11 mem-
bers, received $5.
J. J. DODSON'S REPORT.
Preached 40 times ; labored with one church ; hope soon to organ-
ize three churches.
A. G. ANDERSON'S REPORT.
Preached regularly for the churches at Union and Concord.
SOLOMON APPLE'S REPORT.
Preached for two churches ; preached 40 times ; attended some fu-
nerals ; married three couples, and have received $100.
JOSIAH McCULLOCH'S REPORT.
Preached only 12 times, owing to bad health. Have acted as Agent
for the Graham Institute, and collected $1,600.
DANIEL T. DEANES' REPORT.
Preached 82 times.
Traveled with Elder Wm. N. Bragg on Tar River Circuit ; preached
3*7 times ; delivered eight exhortations ; received $13.
JAMES I. HOBBY'S REPORT.
Preached 60 times and received eight members in the church.
ANTHONY FRANKS' REPORT.
Preached 38 times ; received six members in the church.
The other ministers failed to hand in their reports.
The following churches paid to the Treasurer the following
amounts for the minutes,, viz : Zion, $1 ; Shallow Well, 75 cents ;
Bethel, 60 cents; Mount Auburn, 60 cents ; Union, Halifax, $1.
25; Damascus, $1; Pleasant Hill, $1.25 ; Oak Level, 60 cents;
Christian Chapel, 85 cents; Providence, $2; Pleasant Grove, 75
Park's X Roads,
Pleas't Grove, Va.
Union Ch'l, Tenn.
*Utley's Sc. House,
Pl't Hill, Johnson,
J T. J. Fowler,
\ W. N. Bragg,
J. W. Wellons,
T. J. Fowler,
Wm. N. Bragg,
( G. G. Walker,
\ S. Apple,
J. R. Holt,
J. W. Wellons,
J. W. Wellons,
B. N. Hopkins,
' T. J. Fowler,
R. G. Tinnin,
J. W. Wellons,
J. M. Minn is,
J. W. Wellons,
W. N. Bragg,
T. J. Fowler,
Wm. N. Bragg,
G. G. Walker,
B. N. Hopkins,
H. B. Hayes,
J. B. Hinton,
W. N. Bragg,
G. G. Walker,
G. G. Walker,
A. G. Anderson,
J. I. Hobby,
D. T. Deanes,
D. T. Deanes,
Joseph J. Jenkins, S. Barbee,
C. S. Holleman,
Wm. Franks, A. S. Utley,
S. H. Turner, L. S. Mabry,
W. Pierce, W. Winston, C
Jesse Horton, Wm. Godwin,
M. Murchison, T. McPherson,
W. A. Love, J. M. Gunter,
N. Boon, S. Mitchell,
J. M. Gunter, R. Pollard,
Wm. B. Farmer, A. S. Boyd,
C. H. Winfree, Percy Tuck,
P. R. Harden, J. A. Turrentine,
A. Austin, D. Fuquay,
D. Thomas, M. Brown,
J. N. Ferrell, C. Ledbetter,
Wm, Guthrie, J. Johnson,
B. J. Blackley, Thos. Winston,
L. L. Lambeth, J. L. McKeel,
W. Gunter, J. Bland, W. Bland,
J. 0. Cogwell, C. E. Ascue,
M. McCauley, J. Pritchard,
John Pearce, H. Haswell,
B. Hazel, E. F. Watson, A.
King, J. Dickey, J. Faucett,
Dr. Graham, B. McRae.
T. Lynch, Wm. Crisp,
I. L. Jornigan,
Henry Apple, R. Maynard,
Received at this session of Conference.
HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The Home Missionarjr Society of the North Carolina and Vir-
ginia Christian Conferences met at Pope's Chapel, Granville, Oct.
The meeting was called to order b}^ Elder A. G. Anderson,
President ; prayer was offered by Elder B. N. Hopkins.
The vote was then taken, and A. Gr. Anderson was re-elected
President, A* Iseley Vice-President, J. A. Turrentine, Secretary,
Elder J. McCulloch, Treasurer.
On motion of J. McCulloch, the following were elected Direct-
ors : T. J. Fowler, M. Staley, J. I. Hobby, H. B. Hayes, B. N.
Hopkins, A. Moring, B. Strowd, A. Apple, R. D. Jones, J. W.
\latch, R. G. Tinnen, and P. M. Tuck.
George G. Walker, Alfred Iseiey, John Faucett, P. R. Hardin
and E. F. Watson, Executive Committee.
The meeting then appointed P. R. Hardin, E. F. Watson and
John Faucett to examine the report of the Treasurer, and that the
same be published in the minutes of the Society.
The Chairman then appointed G. G. Walker to deliver an ad-
dress on Sunday, on Missions.
Moved by E. F. Watson, that the Society take into considera-
tion the propriety of uniting this Society with the Southern Chris-
tion Home Missionary Society.
On motion J. N. Manning, a committee of five were appointed
to consider the propriety of the union of the Society with the
Southern Home Missionary Society, and report at the next meet-
ing of this body ; whereupon the Chair appointed G. G. Walker,
P. R. Hardin, Jas. A. Turrentine, John Faucett, A. G. Anderson,
and S. Apple.
Moved, that the minutes of this Society be published with the
minutes of Conference, and this Society pay for the same.
The Treasurer read his annual report, which is appended be-
A. G. Anderson, President.
J. A. Tuesentine, Secretary.
Of the Treasurer of the Home Missionary Society made October 24th,
To amount in hand, Oct. 24, 1857 $369 90
Amount paid this day to W. B. Wellons for printing min-
utes , 5 00
Amount in hand $364 00
COLLECTIONS DURING 1858.
By the Treasurer— Mrs. S. B. Graves $10 00
" " R. Maynard 5 00
" H. C. Hurdle 5 00
" " J. G.Dickey , 5 00
" " J. Albright 5 00
" " J. W. Hatch 10 00
" L. R. Iseley , 5 00
" " A. G. Anderson 15 00
" Dr. E. F. Watson 15 00
" H. T. Moffitt 5 00
" " Thos. Sellars, Jr 5 00
" " Mrs. C. J. Teague 50
H. C. Trolinger 50
" " Mrs. S. J. Trolinger 5o
Dr. T. E. Griffis... 1 00
<- " B. Gragson 2 00
" <! 1. H. Foust.. 50
11 Mrs. Mary Foust 50
By Mr. Mabry... .Wm. H. Read 10 00
By G. G. Walker.. M. McCauley 10 00
t; " L. L. Deshong 5 00
By W.N. Bragg. JR. H. Pulley 5 00
By S. Apple. .....A. A. Farmer 10 00
Bethlehem Collection 17 45
Interest on Note 4 94
Dr $516 89
To Elder A. Iseley, for service $ 8 00
Interest on same for 2 years 96
To J. McCulloch, for services — 71 75
Interest for 2 years 8 61
Paid W. B. Wei ions for Printing 5 00
Blank Books for Treasurer and Secretary..., , 4 00
Amount in hand , 418 57
J. McCULLOCH, Treasurer.
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